A new two-part podcast on the BAM Radio network doesn’t shy away from what has been a long-festering debate in early childhood circles about academic standards and whether they are appropriate for the teaching of young kids. Let’s hope it triggers more pragmatic discussions about how to implement the standards in ways that recognize how young children learn, instead of feeding yet more fears that standards will reinforce a drill-and-kill mentality.
Forty-two states and District of Columbia have now adopted the K-12 standards that came out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These standards, which cover language arts and mathematics, are essentially lists of what students should be expected to know or be able to do by the end of the school year.
Rae Pica, the podcast’s host, opens the debate by asking: “Will they do more harm than good?” Then comes the face-off.